In life people will try to make us feel bad or shame us for failing but the truth is that everyone has failed at something at some point in their life.
Failing as a motivation, the important lesson to learn from failing:
I remember failing in school. I knew I was going to fail from the beginning of the school year anyway.
Here is why: My dad wanted me to major in science because he wanted me to be a Nurse and my brother a Doctor so that we would work together at some point in our lives.
My dad had planned out everything he wanted his kids to do. He wanted my older brother to do business so he could help him with his business.
Even though my dad had his plans for us, in which I suppose he meant good. My dad is a great dad, he wanted us all to win. He has done everything humanly possible to make this happen.
However, as a grew older, I realised that I like different things other than what my dad has planned for me.
As much as I enjoyed my Biology lessons, I Preferred my Economics lessons because it’s something I was interested in outside school too.
I am very passionate about selling and negotiating. I have been selling since I was Five years old and I have been negotiating to buy my barbie dolls since then.
My dad loved negotiating and he always ended up winning against the sellers. I guess I saw that as a game and wanted to do just that as an adult.
I guess that’s where I got it from. I enjoyed the battle so much I would look forward shopping after Church on Sundays because I knew we would be doing a lot of negotiating at the market.
As my dad was mainly the bread winner of our family, we mainly spend a lot of time on Sundays apart from our early morning conversations on my way to school when he would drop me or our 5am wakeup to help with his accounting work.
I have learnt about balancing accounts since I was a little girl. I knew a lot about starting up, running and managing a business.
Now as much as I had love to be a Nurse to help people in need, I hate seeing people in pain and I don’t like seeing blood.
I realised that being a nurse is not the best option for me. I can always help people in other ways, for example, helping people in need through a charity.
I failed in form 3 (year 9) when my dad insisted I should do science. Lol I’m saying it now but at the time, it wasn’t something to be proud about.
I failed. This was a very important time in my life. I cried for the whole summer holidays. I spent so much time to myself, learning about myself and reflecting.
Since then, I promised myself I will always follow the path I want to follow.
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